Human Development Report 2001

Making New Technologies Work for Human Development

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New technologies hold the promise of tackling the most pressing needs of human development: vaccines for HIV and malaria, drought-resistant seeds for sub-Saharan Africa, sustainable energy sources for the 2 billion people who have no access to electricity and accessible information technologies for people currently marginalized by the digital divide. The Human Development Report 2001 explores the evolving and complex trends of how technology is shaped, created and owned and proposes bold new ideas for ensuring that the needs of the world's poor people are not left on the sidelines.



Today’s technological transformations creating the network age

Technological innovation is essential for human progress. From the printing press to the computer, from the first use of penicillin to the widespread use of vaccines, people have devised tools for improving health, raising productivity and facilitating learning and communication. Today technology deserves new attention. Why? Because digital, genetic and molecular breakthroughs are pushing forward the frontiers of how people can use technology to eradicate poverty. These breakthroughs are creating new possibilities for improving health and nutrition, expanding knowledge, stimulating economic growth and empowering people to participate in their communities.


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